KCET celebrates the unseen people who work at night to keep our 24-hour economy going. All living and working in Las Angeles, this one-hour documentary tells the stories of 5 individuals of diverse backgrounds: a female janitor, an UPS manager, a construction superintendant, a baker and a produce seller.
Emmy nominated David Grabias directed Nightshift for Artifact Nonfiction. He does an excellent job of giving viewers a sense of the loneliness and silence that often comes at night as we watch a woman (baker Harriet Hayes) jog along a desert street at 3:00 a.m. and produce seller (Carlos Franco) stands alone in the cold outside of his business.
Grabias does his best at giving us a glimpse of the dangers of working alone at night with female janitor Veronica Lagunas. Her experience led her to become a volunteer teaching self defense classes to female janitors.
The night can also be bright and loud and Grabias captures this with construction superintendent Vincent Marsala who is working on the new LA Rams stadium. Katheryn Cabanillas is a manager at UPS.
Each worker is filmed during a 24-hour period and tells their personal stories of why they choose to work at night. Along the way the viewer learns their hopes and fears. We also meet their families.
The viewer is left with a deeper understanding and an appreciation of those people who work at night doing the jobs that we take for granted but are so very important to the richness of everyday life.
Set to air just after Labor Day,“Nightshift”premieres Tues., Sept. 3 at 8 p.m. PT on KCET in Southern California and Wed., Sept. 8 at 7 p.m. ET/PT on Link TV nationwide (DirecTV channel 375 and DISH Network channel 9410).